Originally known as a Flight Jacket and developed by the US military to keep pilots warm in the open air fighter planes throughout WWI, the iconic knitted cuff and hem of a Bomber jacket was designed to insulate the sleeves and ensure wind and chill didn’t creep underneath.
In later years, the Bomber became a star of cinema in its own right, drawing on its military heritage and casual elegance - features like a shorter length, looser arms and a laid-back, lightweight fabric mean the garment is all-season and most-occasion appropriate, particularly on Hollywood actors. Look to movies like Tokyo Joe (1949), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955) for a masterclass in how the Bomber shifted American fashion to more relaxed territory, mixing street and military wear. Or, in recent years, check out the look-at-me silk scorpion bomber worn by Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 moody and violent art-house flick, ‘Drive’.
For our new range of bombers jackets you’ve got a world of beautiful fabrics at your fingertips - choose from Woolmark-certified Australian Merino wool in classic navy or grey, corporate pinstripes, bold windowpanes or a elegant textured fabrics, as well as laid-back linens, cottons and blends. You can also tinker with details like lining, pockets, zip or button choices.
Struggling to picture how you’re going to actually wear your new custom Bomber? Pair with casual drawstring trousers and loafers for a contemporary riff on creative tailoring, wear with loafers, formal (matching or otherwise) trousers for a formal bump, or dress it down with chinos or denim and a fresh tee. Your options are limitless, and our bombers are sure to be a staple garment for years to come: practical, versatile and perfect for those looking to add tailored depth and substance to their wardrobe.
To explore our range of luxury and premium fabrics, book in for an appointment at one of our Showrooms, or request a free fabric book of some of your favourites - we’ll send them directly to you! Or if you want to try your hand at designing your own, head to our design page. Shop our new bombers here.